Dear Editor: I would like to thank the Dane County supervisors for proposing the ban of elephant acts in Dane County-owned facilities. It’s time to end the long history of mistreatment of elephants in the circus. The circus gives the illusion that the animals are not suffering. The parents and their children who pay to go to the animal circus do not knowingly witness animal cruelty.
At the circus, I see soul-crushed arthritic elephants balancing on props and skipping to a musical beat of bullhook threats. The cruelties are in the training and how the elephants are treated after the show is over. When the parents and their children go home to sleep safe and sound in their warm beds, the elephants go back to their real lives in chains, on the road again, never free, to the next town where again, no one knowingly witnesses the animal cruelty. The circus will keep the elephants alive long enough to earn their keep, as long as the elephant doesn’t rebel against their life of almost total restraint, and kill their handlers or innocent spectators.
The constant stress that the elephants live in seems to be an accident waiting to happen. I’m asking the Dane County supervisors to make the wise decision to stop the exhibition of elephant acts in Dane County-owned facilities. This ban is long overdue.